Many homes in Colorado will need to be rewired eventually for safety, code compliance and homeowner convenience. You might be wondering how much it will cost to rewire your entire home. To completely rewire your Colorado home, you can expect to spend anywhere from $12,000 up to $45,000.
Factors to consider House Rewiring in Colorado
1) Size of your House
Simply put, the more expensive it is to rewire your home, then the greater the cost. Because larger homes require more wiring to be removed or replaced, it is harder for them to repair. The more work required, the higher the labor and material costs.
Always Remember that multiple stories can increase the cost of your home. It is often tedious to run wire up and down multiple stories. This increases labor costs.
2) Rewiring method
Generally electrician’s will choose one of these 2 methods to rewire your aluminum wiring.
b) Take out and replace
Repairing the existing wiring is a cheaper option. An electrician will attach a small section of copper cable at each connection point to aluminum wiring (outlets, dimmers switches, switches, junction boxes etc.) when repairing it. Your home. This is known as “pigtailing” and it is an entirely safe alternative to having all the wiring removed and replaced in your home.
It is more costly to remove all aluminum wiring and replace it with copper wiring. This will involve drilling holes in walls or, in certain cases, even tearing down walls.
But not all homeowners can choose which method of rewiring they prefer. Repairing via “pigtailing”, if the home’s aluminum wiring is unsafe or outdated, may not be an option.
3) Does your electrical panel need to be upgraded?
You can expect to pay at least $3,500 more if your electrical panel is in need of repair. A major electrical panel upgrade is usually required for a whole-home project. Older wiring can lead to outdated electrical panels that are unable to keep up with electrical demands.
Many older homes in Colorado needing to be rewired have 100-amp panels. Some homes, especially those built before 1960s, only have 60-amp panels. While the NEC (National Electric Code), requires that all homes have a minimum of a 100-amp panel, most homes only require 150- to 200 amp panels to power all electronics.
Who you choose to work with
Electricians with more experience and qualifications will charge higher rates than those without. While it might be tempting to choose a contractor who is cheaper, we strongly recommend that you don’t make price the deciding factor. You should instead ensure that you are choosing a licensed and qualified electrician with experience in whole-home wiring jobs.
A more experienced electrician (instead of choosing the lowest bidder) will ensure your home is wired correctly and safely. This will help you save time and protect your family’s safety.
General Tips to help you choose the right electrician for your home rewiring job:
- Ask for a copy of the Colorado electrician’s license and proof of insurance.
- Select an electrician who has either a Master’s or Journeyman’s license
- Verify that the electrician has done multiple whole-home wiring jobs within the last 2-5 years
- Ask the electrician for a written quote.
Need a quote to rewire your entire home?
All of our(Lujan Electrical) electricians are licensed and certified to complete whole-home rewires. They can also handle any other wiring problems you might have. Every project starts with an in-home consultation. We will inspect your wiring and then give you a written estimate before any work begins.